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Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  579 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Hans Holzer is a world-renowned parapsychologist and author of several paranormal books including Are You Psychic? and Ghosts, Hauntings & Possessions, in which we learn of Holzer's earlier forays into the world of the supernatural. His encounters with the undead are apparently never-ending. Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond is a gigantic volume, documentin ...more
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Another reviewer said this guy likes to "toot his own horn," and I agree 100%. I just wanted the ghost stories, dude, not your incessant ramblings and certainly not a resume of your minor accomplishment in the realm of psychic phenomena. Even though I agreed with some of his statements, he went about them in a very condescending way. The overall structure of the book needed some help and a little more organizing. The "proof" at the end isn't going to convince anyone, and I was very disappointed. ...more
This book is great fun, but it's so huge you can't exactly take it into the bathtub with you. It has the best classic ghost stories and investigations of Holzer's career. It's also so big, bulky, and heavy that it could double as a murder weapon.
Juan Manuel
Only worth reviewing to say... Stay away!!! Holzer is a poster boy for shameless self promoting, the writing is bad, the stories are trite and repeated throughout the book. I like ghost stories and have been collecting them from the people I have met... but almost all of the stories in Holzer's book ring hollow. I should mention, however, that I'm very skeptic to the "medium comes, says 'I feel a presence! It's a little girl, right now she is standing in that corner... she was murdered here!... ...more
Benjamin Stahl
To put it simply, this book's 1000+ pages could just as well be reduced to 300 pages and nothing worthwhile would be lost. After all its infuriating repetitiveness - all its many "true" cases which tell of exactly the same thing - and the annoyingly arrogant ramblings of Hans Holzer, who loves to use exclamation marks and witty little comments more than anyone really should - you have a massive volume of absolute shit on your hands.
Although I don't want to write this off completely. Within its
Hanz Holzer has always been an Idol, so i love this book, I've been reading it for years and years and will continue to read and treasure it till the day i die, This book is has everything and is great for a anyone interested in parapsychology in any form, its has great introductions and and case historys as well as a few storys thrown in the mix, This is not a novel or a book of spooky storys to keep you up late at night though so this is your warning, This is a book of collections of evidence ...more
I grew up with the 'paranormal' it seems like every house I've lived in for most of my years has been haunted to some degree or another. So I'm a firm believer in ghosts. So when I saw this huge book at a thrift store I grabbed it up thinking I would have hours and hours of reading entertainment. I was wrong. I read the first couple chapters straight through, then I flipped around through it. This book bores me. For one thing the author's writing style just doesn't grip me. Add in his egoist att ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Maryse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: occult fans
I remember seeing this sitting on the Booksale shelf with its prominent one-word title, and feeling my mouth water when I saw how thick it is. I was not familiar with Hans Holzer before I bought this, but the book is clearly a testament to his life's work in dealing with the unknown. It's practically an encyclopedia of his experiences and ghostly encounters -- some of them credible, others a tad too out there for me. What is interesting, though, is the patience he takes to be as scientific as po ...more
Apothekari Peel
Perhaps the definitive book on Ghosts and Hauntings. A wealth of information on the much scoffed at subject and a fun read for those into the subject matter. Holzer, refreshingly,[for authors in this genre anyway] seems to have no overriding agenda to push other than relaying his experiences in his nearly 50 years of investigations into hauntings. The tome is dense and imposing and is an easy read mentally but the physical size of the book limits the places one could be expected to read it. No b ...more
I have to be honest when I say, I don't think I have read every story in this book: It's huge, darn near the size of a phone book in thickness, and slightly smaller in size. I really like this book because it's chalked full with ghost stories,some only a half a page, others multiple pages. I finally grabbed a highlighter and highlighted the titles of the stories I read, because there are so many! There is a section on famous ghosts, haunted houses, poltergeists, some very terrifying. I love this ...more
Jaime Contreras
This is an excellent resource for true students of the paranormal. This is not a book for the casual interested person who will find it boring or dry. Paranormal investigation is a serious undertaking and not the sideshow that many of the current 'wanna-bes' on TV put on for the general public. Mr. Holzer is a wrold-renown paranormal investigator with many books to his credit.
Rebecca Albert
Oct 19, 2007 Rebecca Albert added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in ghosts
It's the longest book ever. I am reading it in fits and starts. Hans Holzer wrote it back in the 60's & 70's and there is one story in there about Woodrow Wilson's Ghost predicting the Fall of the Berlin Wall through one of Han Holzer's mediums. I'll probably be done reading it in 2009 because it's the size of an Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Made it a third through. Stupid drivel about a ghost hunter and his medium. If you don't believe him you're a misinformed idiot. Read his other books if you need proof of how right he is. Nothing spooky. Barely even any fun stories re the ghost sightings by others. Also repetitious. Yawn. Life is too short to read bad books.
Mom Jones
I have always enjoyed stories of the paranormal. This book was extremely interesting for any one who has interest in paranormal activity. No explanations for occurences just the experiences of people and of his visits to the haunted places.
Christy Corbeil
This is a book that I used as a Christian would use a Bible. it came with me everywhere. It is what got me educated in the world of the paranormal and I will forever be greatful to it and anything written by Hanz Holzer.
Jul 07, 2014 Rose marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sceptic (queue condescending lecture from the author) but I still find ghost stories interesting but god this author is an insufferable arrogant bore
I go back to this book again and again . . .
My father really enjoyed reading Hans Holzer's books full of case studies of the paranormal in the 1970's and would always pass them on to my siblings and me. Having grown up devouring those exciting and lurid stories of hauntings, demons & possessions, psychic phenomena, and mediums & spiritualism, etc. I was thrilled when I was able to obtain Prof. Hans Holzer, Ph.D.'s Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond for my nook! At over 1,000 pages, I'm really glad that it's an easily po ...more
Very hit and miss, there's enough stories in here to be entertaining but nothing that is outstanding enough to convert a reader who isn't into ghost stories.
Amanda Herschausen
Love anything written By Hans Holzer a true expert in his field,always a chilling read! This book was Awesome
Carrie Aulenbacher
Absolutely thrilling - here's one I can't read if I'm in the house alone!

I will buy anything from Hans Holzer. He is very reputable and does his research on a case before he writes about it. So you don't have to wonder if this is some half baked story when he has his name attached to it.

A must have to be out on the coffee table during Halloween!
Andy White
If you love ghost stories like I do, but this in HARDCOPY and plan on reading it on and off for a year. This book is well over 900 pages (I think, I read it on my ereader). The interesting thing about this book is that it seems someone tipped over Hans Holzers file cabinets and published the contents. This makes it a wonderful and frustrating read at the same time. The attention to detail is fun and distracting at the same time. Again, hardcore ghost story fans, but it in hard copy and read a ch ...more
Sadly for me, this book didn't deliver. It was a real slog to try get through and in the end, I gave up, it was too repetious, and just not as enjoyable a read as I hoped.

Wish it focussed more on who the ghosts were and why they haunted the place, rather than the great dribble about the medium going into a trance, and hans fellings, thoughts and background story about why he was there.

Don't recomend this book, it just is not enjoyable.
Some interesting stories and photographs, but my God is this man's ego on overdrive. He's the know it all type of guy that thinks everyone with a differing opinion is a total moron. I also found it creepy he kept mentioning preteen girls' "latent sexual energy" manifesting as poltergeists. I know that's a common theory, but he keeps going on about it.
There were interesting ghost stories but most were too short to enjoy. None of the stories creeped me out though. I believe in the paranormal having encountered 2 apparitions in the past, so I love a good ghost story, and I didn't find this book to be better than just ok.
Angel R
This book was ok. It's pretty basic and has a lot of haunted places listed all over the world. I didn't read the whole thing but did read most of it.
J. Mark
Oct 22, 2007 J. Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of GhostHunters TV show
Shelves: non-fiction
A little dry, but lots and lots of documented occurrences throughout US and Britain. Some more fascinating than others, but lots to explore.
While very interesting, this is a lengthy book. After awhile it gets monotonous. Different locations, same type ghostly encounters.
Amanda Padgett
Excellent book! Very extensive coverage of some of the cases Hans Holzer investigated. Would highly recommend!
Torie Duda
Good book to read in short doses as the stories are fairly short - but there are *A LOT* of them!
Kelly Armstrong
If your ever curious about ghosts, it has so many stories from around the world.
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Hans Holzer, whose investigations into the paranormal took him to haunted houses and other sites all over the world, wrote more than 140 books on ghosts, the afterlife, witchcraft, extraterrestrial beings, and other phenomena associated with the realm he called “the other side.” Among his famous subjects was the Long Island house that inspired The Amityville Horror book and film adaptations. Holze ...more
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